Please note that this post contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as a smattering of other Star Wars films and TV Series. Proceed at your own risk.
On the day Solo: A Star Wars Story debuted in theaters, The Hollywood Reporter broke a pretty big story about the future of Star Wars standalone films. Fan-favorite Bounty hunter Boba Fett is getting his own movie, and director James Mangold is in talks to be at the helm.
While I’m a big fan of Mangold (in fact, I referenced one of his movies in my previous post about Kenobi), I’m not a huge fan of this whole “Boba Fett movie” idea. Frankly, Boba Fett has always been a fairly one-dimensional character. His role in the original trilogy was pretty much to stand there and look cool, and the little bit we did learn about the character’s history in Attack of the Clones was met with derision by fans.
I think Boba Fett is just better as background presence, surrounded by an aura of mystery. The less we know about him, the cooler he is. If Lucasfilm really wants to spin familiar Star Wars characters off into their own movies, I think they can do better. Here’s 10 canon Star Wars characters who I think deserve their own standalone movies before Boba Fett.
10. Hera Syndulla – as seen in Star Wars: Rebels
Captain of The Ghost and leader of a ragtag band of Rebels, Hera is voiced by veteran voice actor Vanessa Marshall. She’s a natural leader and someone who cares deeply about the people around her. Hera plays a significant role in the formation of the Rebellion, and achieves the rank of General by the time of Rogue One.
We know she plays a part in major battles after that, such as Hoth and Endor, but we haven’t gotten a chance to see her exploits as part of the rebellion during and after the original trilogy. A movie focusing on Hera could give us more Rebellion vs Empire action and allow us to check in on other fan favorite characters like Captain Rex, Mon Mothma, and Chopper.
Vanessa Marshall has had small live-action roles in TV series like Law & Order and Scrubs, so I think she’d be able to pull off the character in live-action.
9. Enfys Nest – as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story
Enfys Nest is introduced to us as the big bad in Solo: A Star Wars Story: she’s the imposing leader of the Cloud Riders, a group of marauders that’s determined to make things difficult for Han and his crew.
By the end of the film, we discover that the Cloud Riders are not marauders, but rather fledgling rebels who, in defiance of the Empire, are trying to provide for people in need. Played by actress Erin Kellyman, Enfys herself is revealed to be merely a teenage girl.
Not only does Enfys have the “cool factor” of Boba Fett, she’s compelling and relatable in a way Boba isn’t: a young girl just trying to do what’s right.
I’d love to see how Enfys became the leader of this band of rebels at such a young age. What happened to her family? How did she command the respect of these men, most who are many years her senior? There’s a lot of potential for a great origin story…and cool looking armor of course.
8. Barriss Offee – as seen in Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars
Barriss was a Jedi Padawan active during the Clone Wars, portrayed by Nalini Krishan in Attack of the Clones and voiced by Meredith Salenger in The Clone Wars animated series.
She’s notable for being one of the few Jedi who became aware that the Order had lost its way as peaceful mediators and became complicit in the horrors of the Clone Wars. Determined to do something about it, she organized a bombing of the Jedi temple on Coruscant and framed Ashoka Tano for murder in order to keep her secret from getting out.
While Barriss’s confession is a powerful moment, The Clone Wars series never shows us the circumstances that led to her becoming disillusioned with the Jedi Order. She goes from being good friends with Ahsoka to framing her for an act of terror. This unexplored gap could be great fodder for a standalone movie, and even enrich the Star Wars prequels by exploring some of the themes those movies touched upon but never explicitly delved into.
My pick to play Barriss in a new movie? How about an up and coming actress like Blockers’ Geraldine Viswanathan.
7. Bo Katan Kryze – as seen in The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels
Let’s be real for a second. 9/10 of the reason that people love Boba Fett is due to the design of his Mandalorian armor. However, according to current canon, Fett himself isn’t even Mandalorian. Cultural appropriation much?
Bo Katan Kryze on the other hand, is a member of the Mandalorians, a proud warrior people with a social structure that feels more Game of Thrones than anything else we’ve seen in Star Wars. Voiced by Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica fame, Bo Katan starts as the leader of a Mandalorian group called the Nite Owls and eventually rises to become leader of the Mandalorian people.
There’s a large gap in Bo Katan’s story between The Clone Wars and Rebels that a standalone film could easily explore. I’d personally love to see what the Nite Owls were up to in the decades after the Empire took control of Mandalore. It’d also be a treat to see Katee Sackhoff don the iconic Mandalorian armor in live action
6. Darth Plagueis the Wise – mentioned in Revenge of the Sith
This one’s not a story the Jedi would tell you, but it’s one that Lucasfilm definitely could. As explained in Revenge of the Sith “Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use…the Force to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying…The only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep.” That apprentice? None other than future emperor Palpatine himself.
This story that Palpatine tells Anakin Skywalker was expounded upon in the now non-canon novel Darth Plagueis, written by James Luceno. Many credit this novel with filling many of the perceived plot holes found in the Star Wars prequels, and adding clarity to Palpatine’s plan throughout those movies.
Not only does the story of Darth Plagueis fill in many gaps, it’s an entertaining yarn in and of itself, playing like an intergalactic House of Cards. The only thing that keeps this one from being higher on my list is a feeling that this story is better suited to a serial format like TV than a feature film. Who would play Plagueis? I’d want a veteran actor who can bring a lot of gravitas to the role: think Anthony Hopkins or Christopher Plummer.
5. Leia Organa – as seen in the original trilogy, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi
Did you know that Princess Leia only has a little over 13 minutes of screen time in A New Hope? It’s a testament to the late Carrie Fisher that she makes every second count, commanding attention every time she’s on screen.
Before A New Hope, the young Leia was simultaneously a princess, a junior senator, and a rebel operative. She carried out many missions for her father’s Rebel cell, a couple of which are detailed in Star Wars: Rebels and Claudia Gray’s novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan
While Gray’s novel covers some of Leia’s early years, I think the character deserves a big screen origin just as much, if not more than, Han Solo. The only reason she’s not higher on this list is that after Carrie Fisher’s death, It would be difficult to watch someone else portray the character on screen.
4. Supreme Leader Snoke – as seen in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi
Who is Snoke? How did he rise to power? While I loved the bold decision in The Last Jedi to kill off this character, played through motion capture by Andy Serkis , many fans were disappointed that nothing was revealed about his origins before he was impaled by Kylo Ren.
A standalone movie set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens would be the perfect opportunity to give those fans the answers they’re looking for. The movie wouldn’t need to focus entirely on Snoke, but could feature his ascension to leadership of the First Order as a major element.
For those concerned about the idea of a CGI character leading a Star Wars movie, keep in mind that Andy Serkis led 3 critically acclaimed Planet of the Apes movies as motion capture character Cesar.
I still have a feeling that we’ll learn more about this character posthumously in Episode IX, in which case this one may not be necessary. However, since many fans accused Solo of “answering questions we never asked”, it would be nice to get a movie that answers questions we are asking.
3. Lando Calrissian – as seen in Solo, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi
Whether or not you liked Solo: A Star Wars Story, it’s hard to argue that Donald Glover’s portrayal of Lando Calrissian wasn’t a highlight of the movie. Many fans are eager to see him portray Lando again in his next adventure, and you can count me among them.
There are plenty of possibilities for a movie about everyone’s favorite smooth-talking businessman, but I’d especially like to see something that leans even more heavily into classic heist tropes than Solo did. Think less western and more Ocean’s 11 in the Star Wars universe.
Perhaps this would even be a great opportunity to reintroduce the casino planet Canto Bight from The Last Jedi, or the outlaw world Nar Shaddaa from the comics and novels. Lando could execute a long con, recruiting a group of master slicers, smugglers and bounty hunters, while planning to betray them in the end and collect the spoils for himself.
One things for sure, I’ll tune in for anything in which Donald Glover plays a part!
2. Ahsoka Tano – as seen in The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels
I’m just going to say it. Ahsoka Tano is the best character in Star Wars canon to not appear in a live-action film. She’s truly central to the story of Anakin’s fall to the dark side, but unfortunately absent from the prequel trilogy.
Ahsoka, voiced by Ashley Eckstein in both animated series, was Anakin’s apprentice before she became disillusioned with the Jedi order and left to become the Star Wars equivalent of a wandering Ronin. She later played an essential part in the early rebellion and even faced off against Darth Vader.
The period in Ahsoka’s story that I’d most like to see a film cover is the Siege of Mandalore. This was to be detailed in a future arc of the The Clone Wars before that show was unfortunately cancelled. It was to be a pivotal point in Ahsoka’s story, featuring fan favorite characters like Maul and taking place concurrently with Revenge of the Sith.
An Ahsoka film would be a great opportunity for producer Dave Filoni to finally step into the director’s chair for a live-action Star Wars movie. Make it happen Lucasfilm!
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi – as seen in the prequel trilogy and A New Hope
I don’t think this choice will surprise anyone…because I wrote a whole ‘nother article about it! Check it out here.
So, do you agree with my list or disagree? Are there any characters you’d like to see get a “Star Wars Story” film that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments below!